Unpaid Wages and Wage Theft

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UNPAID WAGES LAWYER NY

We’ve helped employees just like you recover millions in damages. I can help you too!

El-Hag & Associates, P.C is a labor & employment law firm that fights for employees, workers, and freelancers who are owed unpaid wages or are the victims of Wage Theft. Often workers not familiar with Federal, State, and Local Laws, do not realize that they may be owed wages due to miscalculations in minimum wage and overtime pay and sometimes outright wage theft by the employer.  Because of this, our goal as a wage theft labor and employment law firm is to educate and empower every working person in Westchester County New York, New York City, and the surrounding areas to learn whether they are victims of unpaid wages now, or how to protect themselves, so they are never taken advantage of by their employer. We will educate you about your rights at work and create a comprehensive legal strategy, and plan to address your Unpaid Wages or employer wage theft legal needs. We guarantee a relationship of ongoing trust, transparency, and communication. If you feel you have been paid incorrectly, treated unfairly in the workplace, or wrongly terminated, call El-Hag & Associates, P.C- a Westchester New York labor & employment law firm and we will fight for you.

Are you an hourly, salaried, or tipped worker?

You might be owed tens of thousands of dollars in lost wages, emotional distress, and other damages and not even know it!

HOW WAGE THEFT OCCURS WHEN YOUR BOSS PAYS YOU BY THE DAY AND NOT BY THE HOUR

You MUST: (1) be paid at least the N.Y State Minimum Wage for all hours worked and (2) be paid overtime for all time worked over 40 hours in a workweek. However, when employees are paid by the day, they are often not paid the minimum wage or overtime because they and their bosses do not keep track of the hours the employee works in the week. The law requires your income to be calculated weekly.

HOW WAGE THEFT OCCURS BY NOT BEING PAID FOR ALL HOURS WORKED

Often, an employee is not paid for all the time they are required to be on/at the job. This usually happens in three situations:

  • Reporting to work first thing in the morning. You must be paid if your employer requires you to show up at a certain time. Often, the employer will require that you show up for work but will not let you punch in until the work is ready to be performed. This is an unlawful practice. Once you report to the job, you must be paid if your boss told you to report at that time.
  • Working through lunch. If your employer requires you to work through lunch, then your employer cannot deduct any lunchtime from your pay. Sometimes an employer will automatically deduct 30 minutes for lunch from your paycheck for each day you worked even if you did not take a lunch break. Do not allow this to happen. If your boss knows you work through lunch, you must be paid for that time.
  • Finishing the workday. Sometimes an employer will ask you to do some more work after you have punched off the clock. If you are being asked to work after you punched out, you need to keep track of the time to ensure you are getting your overtime and pay for all time you provided services to your employer.

HOW WAGE THEFT OCCURS WHEN AN EMPLOYER BOUNCES YOUR PAYCHECK

Some employers will bounce a check, apologize, and tell you they will make it up at some point in the future. Then they keep on not paying you the full amount owed, and they might even bounce more checks in the future. You end up in a cycle where you do not want to quit because you are owed so much money, and you do not want to lose the opportunity to recoup your wages. This is also known as “Stalled Wages.” It happens a lot in the construction industry.

In New York, manual laborers are paid weekly. So, make sure you receive your paycheck on payday and do not get trapped in the cycle of being owed money.

HOW WAGE THEFT OCCURS WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR JOB

Usually, an employer will withhold your last paycheck or make certain deductions from your last paycheck for bogus expenses. Your employer must provide you with your last paycheck on payday immediately following your last day of employment.  And your employer cannot deduct money from your wages without your express authorization and only for benefits provided through the job. Often, the employer feels it is only one paycheck, so it is not enough for an attorney to take the case. Do not feel this way; if your boss does not pay you your last paycheck, you have rights, and El-Hag & Associates, P.C can get you the money you are owed.

Our NY Unpaid Wages Law Firm Will Fight To Get Your Money

If you believe your employer has stolen wages from you, our wage theft lawyers can help you recover what is rightfully yours.
  • No upfront fees or retainers - we get paid only if YOU get paid
  • ​You could get DOUBLE your unpaid wages in penalties and damages
  • ​8 in 10 clients recover tens of thousands, and 2 in 10 can recover life changing amounts.
  • Generally takes 4 - 9 months from start to money-in-your-pocket
  • Our Unpaid wages lawyers will know how to best collect evidence to prove your case and build a strong argument.
  • Our experienced unpaid wages attorneys can negotiate on your behalf to get you the best possible outcome.
  • Our wage theft lawyers can help you file a claim with the Department of Labor or take your case to court. (Which is unnecessary in most cases)
  • ​Protection from revenge - your boss can’t fire you, change your hours or mess with your work environment due to your Unpaid Wages or Wage Theft Claim
  • ​You can recover from any company you worked for in the past six years for unpaid wages.
  • We’ll do all the hard work to get you your Money. You just need to give me the details. You (usually) won’t even have to show up
  • You can get your job back or front pay instead of getting your job back so you have money in your pocket while you look for another job.
  • Hiring our experienced NY wage theft law firm gives you the best chance of recovering the wages that were stolen from you.

Unpaid Wages & Wage Theft Case Results and Testimonials

Case Results & Testimonials

  • James recovered $160,000 in severance pay and left work on his own terms.
  • Katrina recovered $60,000 when her employer denied her leave for her disabled child (3 years pay)!
  • Tony recovered $50,000 for losing his job after his boss made racists comments!
  • Monica recovered $25,000 in unpaid overtime because her boss incorrectly treated her as not entitled to overtime under the law as a salaried office worker.
  • Manuel recovered $45,000 as a deli worker because he worked more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay. The boss paid him off the books without paying him any overtime and we recovered an extra $10,000 in penalties.

Contact us right now for a FREE Unpaid Wages Consultation. If you don't act fast you can lose your chance to recover!

Do I Have an Unpaid wages Case

Were your wages stolen?

Here are the most common tricks business owners use to steal employee wages:

  • Calling you an independent contractor when you are not an independent contractor.

  • Telling you that you are not entitled to overtime pay when you work over 40 hours in a workweek.

  • Paying by day or by the project instead of by the hour.

  • Forcing you to work outside standard hours without counting the hours worked.

  • ​Not paying tipped workers an hourly wage in addition to tips.

  • Deducting time from your pay like breaks and lunch periods when you did not take a break or lunch period.

What are the most common jobs in which wage theft occurs?

  • Hospitality and service workers

    Hospitality and service workers

    Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, casinos, clubs, exotic dancers, and similar establishments

  • Personal services providers

    barbershops, nail salons, childcare, cleaning companies, etc

  • Office workers an low-level management

    and the company treats them as not being entitled.

  • Most construction employees

    Construction Employees, laborer, helper

  • Inside sales people

    Inside sales-people

    who are either not paid their full commissions or not paid overtime (people who do not make sales by leaving the office)

  • Most retail workers

    Most Retail Workers

  • Most janitorial employee

    Janitorial and cleaning services people

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How we help you recover your
unpaid wages in just 4-9 months

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Schedule

10-minute initial free wage evaluation. We give you the game plan that you can follow even if you do not want to work with us. Just fill out the form to start.

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Detailed Consult

If you decide to move forward, we build your case. Give us your documents. Give us the details.
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Demand Letter

We send a letter to your company. Many times we can get a settlement negotiated in the beginning without even going to court. You can get your money in as little as two months.
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Lawsuit

We file the lawsuit, we spend the money, you only have to be involved for a few hours over the course of the lawsuit. 90% of the time, we manage to settle the case, you get paid. 

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Finalize

the lawsuit, you sign some papers and get your check.  

Don’t let your employer keep your hard-earned money by threatening or scaring you into inaction. Let our Unpaid Wages & Wage Theft Law Firm Fight for You

  • You can sue any company you worked for in the past six years. It does not have to be a company at which you are currently working.

  • The law protects you. The law prevents retaliation. You can collect lost wages and benefits, penalties, demand your job back, and even demand front pay (money to cover you for the time it would take to find new work).

  • Attorney-Client Privilege- We CANNOT tell anyone about your case unless you ask us to. Your call is 100% confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege.

  • ​Attack only when you’re comfortable. We only move forward when you are ready. There is no pressure to start. You can have your free wage evaluation, come up with a strategy, collect evidence, and begin when you are ready.

Why you should not wait to take action 

There are many reasons why you need to act fast before you lose your chance to collect your money.

  • The Company can go out of business.

  • You can run out of time to bring a lawsuit

  • The company can be sold or transferred

  • Someone else could sue and complicate your chance of collecting your wages

  • The company could file for bankruptcy

  • The owner could die

Client VideoTestimonials

Justina Peets

Justina Peets

3 months ago via Google

Jordan and his staff was so professional, and on top of my case, they updated me throughout the process the whole way through! If i ever need a lawyer again i will be calling Jordan without a second thought.

Matthew Zekanovic

Matthew Zekanovic

a year ago via Google

Jordan and his team are the best at what they do. His professionalism is nothing but superior and made the whole process easy and stress free. There wasn't a single objective that he couldn't overcome. Jordan was nothing but honest, transparent, and easy to work with. Never at one point did I feel he wasn't trustworthy. He guided me in the right direction to achieve the best possible outcome, and succeeded. I wouldn't recommend anyone else but El-Hag & Associates!

Paul

Paul

a year ago via Google

I hired Jordan to take a look at a recent employment agreement. Unlike other lawyers, it was a pleasure communicating with him. We had an initial phone call and within 2 hours he read the documents, attached notes to specific parts of it and was able to break it down for me in plain English. He has been available for follow up questions without demanding additional pay - which I appreciate. I work in the psychiatry field and have a very good sense for people and their trustworthiness. I will definitely be coming back to Jordan for any future legal advice associated with my business. I also plan to recommend him to colleagues, friends and family. A+ experience!

Jeffrey Medina

Jeffrey Medina

a year ago via Google

Very responsive and knowledgeable. Great guy who is willing to help no matter how big or small the issue or question.

Kinney Glass

Kinney Glass

2 months ago via Google

I was discouraged by other firms who told me it wasn’t worth effort. After the first time speaking with Jordan El-Hag I decided to place my faith in him. He was patient and meticulous. Always keeping me up to date with the case. When curveballs would come my way the team would reassure me not to worry. I will recommend everyone I know to El Hag and Associates.

Why clients prefer El-Hag Law

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Challenge

Company lied by saying employees should not be paid for travel time because they only used the construction headquarters for commuting.

Approach

Hired a private detective to video tape the construction yard in the mornings to show that the workday began when employees arrived to work.

Result

We secured for our client one of the largest single-person wage recoveries that the Judge had seen in his career!

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Challenge

Company tried to not pay our client who worked in an office overtime by claiming she was an exempt administrative employee and sales person. 

Approach

We got the business owner to lie under oath, and then showed the court the evidence of our client working at the restaurant. Subjecting the company owner to perjury charges.

Result

Our client secured $35,000 and was able to start a restaurant of his own with his family using the settlement money.

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Challenge

Company tried to not pay our client who worked in an office overtime by claiming she was an exempt administrative employee and sales person. 

Approach

We threatened to bring a class action lawsuit against the company because they misclassified all the workers in the same position, and we were able to negotiate a premium settlement for our client. 

Result

We secured our client $50,000 and she landed a new job the next week. She was able to buy a new car for commuting and put money into her retirement savings account.

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“El-Hag helped me recover $100,000 in unpaid overtime because the time spent traveling was not paid”

Awareness is the first step to stopping wage theft. If any of these scenarios applies to you, then you should call El-Hag & Associates, P.C today. The most important thing is to keep track of the hours you work. Do not rely on your employer to do that for you. It can add up to a significant amount of money.

In Westchester New York, many working men and women living in Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle are victims of wage theft. That is why El-Hag & Associates, P.C is a Westchester unpaid wage and unpaid overtime law firm, focusing on employment law in Westchester New York. If you find that you have not been paid properly, contact El-Hag & Associates, P.C today and we can help you get the unpaid wages or unpaid overtime that your boss has not paid you. Make sure you protect your rights and your livelihood.